For Women

Lesbian app Dattch scoops $1m rebrand as HER

Dattch, the dating app for lesbian, queer and bisexual woman, has announced it has bagged $1m in seed funding and rebranded to HER.

Bebo founder Michael Birch, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, and Huddle co-founder and Young Gun Andy McLoughlin all contributed in the round.

Lesbian Health Initiative grant cycle now open

SAN DIEGO, California -- The San Diego Human Dignity Foundation announced the beginning of its 2014 Lesbian Health Initiative (LHI) grant cycle, which means a request for proposals is now open to qualifying 501(c)3 nonprofits that are working to improve the lives and health of Lesbian-identified individuals in San Diego County.

The Human Dignity Foundation has a grant pool of $24,000 to distribute to organizations, with individual grants not to exceed $6,000.

San Diego Women's Chorus appoints new artistic director

SAN DIEGO, California -- After a nationwide search, the San Diego Women's Chorus (SDWC) has announced the appointment of Kathleen Hansen as its new Artistic Director.

Hansen has served as SDWC's Assistant Artistic Director since last fall, working with the chorus through 3 of its biggest concert seasons to date. Working with soon to retire Artistic Director Christopher Allen, Hansen helped bring a new blend of sound and musical depth to the chorus.

Women's rowing team's naked calendar briefly banned on Facebook

Students from the Warwick women's rowing team decided to strip down for charity -- and found themselves held up to a double standard.

Documentary to explore problematic dynamics in lesbian community

Why do some members of the lesbian community police, regulate and discriminate against one another?

This is a question that filmmaker Nneka Onuorah tackles in her new documentary "The Same Difference," a project that examines the complicated and nuanced dynamics among women who sleep with women. The film aims to ignite a conversation about what Onuorah views as hypocrisy in the lesbian community in terms of gender roles and performative expectations.

FlawLes to host annual Pride Pool Party

SAN DIEGO, CA – Ruby Rose, Award winning MTV VJ turn singer/producer/activist, joins the FlawLes Media team to host this year’s FlawLes Pride Pool Party at the Andaz San Diego hotel. Ruby Rose is currently the face of Maybelline New York and known for Djing at some of the biggest parties and artists from around the world, including Nicki Minaj, Jessie J and Calvin Harris.

San Diego Pride to present first-ever She Fest in North Park

SAN DIEGO -- All women are invited to the premier of the first official women’s event taking place in San Diego this Pride season – She Fest – on Saturday, July 12 from 11 am to 6 pm at North Park Community Park.

She Fest is a woman-centered event that celebrates and supports the talents and contributions of all women while fostering meaningful connections within the LGBT and larger San Diego community.

Women who want to feel more connected to a community of women and who love outdoor live music on a sunny day are especially encouraged to participate.

Queer women connecting: There’s an app for that (and it just hit L.A.)

WEST HOLLYWOOD, California -- Gay men seeking company can usually get someone knocking in about the same amount of time it would take to get liquor delivered to the door.

But the Grindr-like model doesn’t mesh with how most lesbians and bisexual women date online.

For instance, Robyn Exton said, women aren’t usually on the lookout to meet someone right away; they’re more likely looking for a date for the next weekend. So an app indicating that someone you’re messaging is near you right now probably isn’t useful—and it might even be a tad unsettling.

Dinah Shore weekend festivities kick off today in Palm Springs

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- Like the 23 editions prior, this year’s Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend is all about celebration.

“We can live fulfilled, out-loud, celebratory lives and we deserve it,” said Mariah Hanson, founder of Club Skirts and the modern-day Dinah Shore Weekend. “This is one event where you get it.”

Living out loud will be the theme at the five-day event kicking off Wednesday where women — and men — can be themselves and make a statement. The event is liberating, said Hanson.

Lesbians make a life in gay-dominated West Hollywood

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- When a college-aged Anne-Marie Williams came out, TV shows like “Will & Grace” were years in the future. Internet search engines didn’t generate a list of LGBT resources with a few keystrokes. There were no easily accessible windows into LGBT life—except by visiting the gayborhood.

“I would drive here [to West Hollywood] to see what gay people were like,” said Williams, who grew up in South Gate, near downtown L.A. “This is where I came to just observe and watch … It was nice to see people who looked like me, acted like me. It helped me figure things out.”